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"Jed Dorsey is a capturer of light on canvas. His passionate use of color explodes onto canvas in a way that draws the viewer into the landscape."
I represent the fourth generation of artists on my mom’s side of the family. My dad is also a professional artist. I always had the opportunity to practice art as a child. I sold paintings as early as 11 years of age when my family had their “Dorsey Gallery” at the local fair. I remember a few kind parents of my friends buying my paintings for $10 which quickly turned into cotton candy and a few rides. As I grew older other interests such as music and sports called for my time and I didn’t paint much for several years.
That changed after I married my beautiful Canadian wife, Renae. On a trip to Whistler, B.C. in 2001, we stumbled on some galleries that were showing some vibrant oil & acrylic paintings. My family had always done watercolors so this was something different and very appealing to me. That very week on our vacation, I bought my first acrylic paints and spent countless hours painting in this new medium. I loved it. Thus began the journey.
I like how light changes objects, from garbage cans, to buildings, to plants and trees, creating shadows and diverse colors. One of my favorite subject matters to paint is filtered sunlight shining through trees onto a road, river, sidewalk, or path. It is an invitation to the viewer. I paint landscapes and cityscapes because I have lived in both rural and urban spaces. I see beauty in both. Whether I am painting on location or painting from a photograph, I create the scene in a way that I find aesthetically pleasing. I don't want to duplicate a photograph. There are a few places I have painted over and over because they remind me of home or family. One of these places is the view when driving over the bridge onto Camano Island. I will never get tired of painting that scene.
Although I grew up on the west coast I now make my home in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is here that I took the plunge into full-time art in the summer of 2016. It was something I had considered off and on for many years. The time was right. Living downtown provides me with ample subject matter, including old houses, streets, buildings, and alleys brimming with personality. My studio is at The Harrison Center for the Arts (HCA) which is an incredible arts organization not only supporting the arts but seeking to bring renewal and healing to the broken neighborhoods of Indianapolis. I am also involved with The Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA). This is a local organization that provides numerous opportunities to interact with other artists, paint outdoors, take workshops, and participate in shows. I am so grateful for the arts community which surrounds me. In addition to my work locally, I also travel to other parts of the U.S. and Canada to teach workshops and show my work. I was truly humbled in the summer of 2017 when my show on Camano Island (WA) came close to selling out. I have my family to thank for that success as they are hugely supportive of my art career and have been my launching pad.
I am thankful to have had the opportunity to study under some great artists like Mike Svob, Ovannes Berberian, John Michael Carter, and the late Robert Genn. There are others that have influenced my work, like Michael O'Toole and Kim English. I have learned so much from all these artists. My parents continue to be a huge inspiration and encouragement to me. Renae walks on this path of artistic endeavor with me daily and is a constant source of friendship and support. Our daughter, Willow, also helps by naming paintings and is an enthusiastic supporter of my work.
In 2016 my brother, Jason, built a beautiful gallery space, Sunnyshore Studio, near our childhood home on Camano Island, WA. Our family has regular shows and workshops there. To see more Dorsey art and read about our family history, click here:
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